”I had the experience of being homeless; God wants me to help serve others who are homeless,” said Gossage, who will graduate in December.
Zahrt, 25, had a full ride to Purdue University, where he was in the marching band. But it was a “love-hate” situation.
”I drank away my whole scholarship and got into drugs,” he said.
Eventually, Zahrt ended up in treatment, where he “got perspective on how blessed” he actually was. He has been sober for three years now.
”In the back of my head I just wanted to finish,” he said. AU was attractive to him because, as his uncle was showing him around, the staff seemed excited for him to attend.
Still taking classes in a traditional college setting, Zahrt has found that attention is more individualized at AU. When he raises his hand, a professor will stop to answer his question.
Schuyler, 24, had just come back to North Carolina after serving a six-year tour in the U.S. Navy and was “going through a really tough time in my life.”
He moved to California to go to school for screenwriting. But after just two days of classes, he realized he wasn’t where he was “supposed to be.” He ended up in Anderson to help out family and was called to ministry.
”The new me didn’t think I could be a part of the Hollywood culture,” he said.
So he went to AU, a campus with the small-town feel he had in North Carolina, and started classes on the traditional track. He also joined the rugby team, which has provided “camaraderie and brotherhood” similar to what he had in the Navy.
Schuyler will finish his degree in about a year. He has plans to become a chaplain in the Navy.